Dog lover Gary Laliberte recalls what it was like when he first spotted the need for a pet supply store in Downtown four years ago. There wasn’t a store for the “average joe” dog owner. Fast forward some years later and he not only has a great store full of doggie goodies and toys, he’s also added a self serve bathing area. Designed and constructed by Gary, himself, this four tub self serve station allows you to bring your dog in for a wash, using the best shampoos. There are many levels and scents to choose from and a drying station. Other in house services are pet grooming, hair cuts, and even peticures! If that isn’t enough, City Dog hosts a Wednesday night Happy Hour for you and your pet at the San Diego Wine & Culinary Institute. There, Gary offers a free raffle for a cool gift bag filled with treats and other goodies. It’s a great way to enjoy a doggy social hour with happy hour wine prices Behind the counter at City Dog is a cool architectural divider with large paw imprints, allowing you to peek into the bathing stations. Along the walls are dog paintings and photos, some for sale. Pretty impressive considering what the place looked like when they first started. When you drop by, you will even meet Bib the Labrador mix and honorary store manager. All in all, City Dog is a fun place for pups and people. It smells great, the employees are happy, the customers are grateful and it’s a lot of fun.
The owners of Kensington Pet Supply are so helpful and are very knowledgeable about all things pets. They carry all the best premium pet food products. I feed my dog Natural Balance and they have great prices on that stuff. I also usually get him some Happy Hips because he loves them. If you are looking for a local pet shop this is the place I would suggest going. Although it looks like a boutique from the outside, it's not a boutique, their prices are very reasonable and from my experience tend to beat out PetCo and PetSmart any day.